WHAT IS HOSPICE?
brings quality of life at the end of life for terminally ill patients who are no longer pursuing curative, aggressive treatment. A team of caregivers goes into the patient’s home or nursing home to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support.
There is no charge to the patient/family for these services.
Hospice not only improves a patient’s quality of life, it may prolong their life. According to a 2007 study, hospice patients live approximately one month longer than non-hospice patients with the same illness.
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An assigned nurse will make regular visits to provide pain and symptom management. The majority of our nurses are nationally certified in hospice and palliative care. A nurse is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for crisis and caregiver support.
• Social Worker
The Social Worker becomes the patient’s advocate in making community resources available. They will make an initial assessment followed by regular visits as needed. Social Workers can help with paperwork for everything from Do-Not-Resuscitate orders to veteran’s benefits. They also help fulfill end of life wishes, such as a phone call from a loved one serving in the military overseas or arranging for care with another hospice while the patient takes a trip out of state.
• Nurse Aide
Aides provide respite for the family and personal care for the patient. They’ve also been known to provide special touches to lift a patient’s spirits such as manicures and trips out of the home/nursing home.
• Spiritual Care Team
Our Spiritual Care Team is available to meet patients and families where they are in their spiritual journey. Our team members provide spiritual support and grief counseling as requested.
A trained volunteer will provide support and friendship for the patient and family. The volunteer is available on a regular or as-needed basis to provide respite for the caregiver and friendship to the patient. We even feature a licensed pet therapist.
A Counselor is available on an as-needed basis to assist in helping the family and patient to process their grief issues. Counseling is available during and after the death.
• Music Therapist
A Therapist uses music to address physical, psychological, cognitive and/or social functioning. This non-invasive medium is directed towards reducing pain and anxiety and assisting with other end of life issues.
A dietician assists the family in addressing the patient’s nutritional needs, when needed.
• Physical and Occupational Therapist
Physical and occupational therapists assist patients to be as mobile and self-sufficient as possible.
• Speech Therapist
A Speech Therapist assists with exercises intended to improve speech and make swallowing easier.